The Spark is a small video game kit. It has the parts, instructions, and code needed to build a console that is simple enough for beginners. If there is interest I will put together a few kits and put them on Tindie and GitHub.
Years ago my Dad had an office next to Radio Shack. I was thirteen or fourteen at the time. I would spend an hour or so daily browsing the parts wondering if I could build something cool. I stumbled upon an FM Transmitter Kit. It was a small kit with a PCB and all the parts and soldering instructions. I built it in an evening and took it to school. I still have friends that say, "Dude!, that kid built a walkie-talkie from scratch in the seventh grade and it worked!" It wasn't exactly from "scratch" but pretty close!
I now have a very rewarding career as an electronics designer and firmware engineer. I want to share with others the feeling I had the first time I put together a cool project. I hope the Spark fulfills this!
Here is a game video!
The main printed circuit board. It has all the parts labeled and a parts list on the front. It was specifically designed for easy soldering of both the surface mount and through hole parts.
Coin Cell Battery
The Spark will run for nearly 48 hours straight on a single 2032 battery.
3.5 mm Jack
Used for two player games!
A 2032 coin cell battery holder.
48 x 64 Pixel white on black illuminated display
I spent hours pouring over the Radio Shack "Engineer's Notebook" project books. What is unique about these books is that they had all the parts listed that you could purchase while you were at Radio Shack. There are electronics suppliers and kit producers online now but none have captured the easy of building like the "Engineer's Notebook". I hope to capture the essence of these long forgotten manuals with the Spark Kit.
Here is an "Engineer's Notebook" from my childhood: